NUJ in parliament
27 January 2018
The NUJ has an all-party parliamentary group which meets regularly while the UK parliament is sitting.
The chair of the group is Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, a former magazine and newspaper writer and long-standing NUJ member. The vice-chairs come from across the political spectrum and will be confirmed after the summer recess.
The NUJ is not affiliated to any political party and organises meetings and campaigns with politicians on union priorities agreed by NUJ members.
The NUJ campaigns and communications department is responsible for working with members of the NUJ parliamentary group. To raise issues in parliament, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NUJ also works with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group and supports TUC parliamentary campaigns.
The NUJ takes an interest in a range of parliamentary committees, contributes to parliamentary inquiries and public consultations on legislation. Details of all the latest bills and legislation are available on the www.parliament.uk website.
NUJ briefings and submissions
All the unions briefings and submissions are published and available on the dedicated web page:
Early day motions (EDMs)
Early day motions are tabled in parliament for MPs to support.
Latest list of all EDMs.
You can ask your MP to support an EDM in parliament.
The EDMs listed below are supported by the NUJ.
You can find out what your local MP has said on NUJ related issues and you can contact your MP via the They Work For You website.
Early Day Motions supported by the NUJ
Early Day Motions supported by the NUJ
That this House celebrates the importance of investigative journalism in the public interest; believes that a free press is critical to the health of democratic society and that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right; is concerned by the arrests of National Union of Journalists members Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney; commends their award-winning documentary No Stone Unturned about the Loughinisland massacre of 1994; notes that the journalists have not yet been charged with any offences; and while respecting due process asks the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Durham Constabulary to clarify the basis of their investigation into these two respected journalists and to address concerns about the way in which it has been conducted.
That this House is shocked and appalled by reports of the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi following his visit to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul; notes that the killing of journalists is a global problem, with an average of two such deaths every week; further notes that UNESCO has reported that just one in 10 killings of journalists results in a successful prosecution; asserts that there is an unacceptable international climate of impunity that continues to have a detrimental impact on the safety of media workers, public interest journalism and the freedom of the press; calls on the government to use its influence to seek out the truth about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi; and asks the government to provide its full support for the draft UN Convention on the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals, proposed by the International Federation of Journalists and endorsed by the National Union of Journalists.
That this House notes that currently eight per cent of the budget for the Welsh-language channel S4C comes from the licence fee, but that from 2023 the broadcaster will be dependent on the licence fee settlement; further notes that the BBC has an important public service remit, and that S4C plays a very important role in the culture and media landscape in Wales; is therefore seriously concerned about the effect of declining real-terms funding in licence fee revenue, along with the transfer of additional costs to the BBC, which already amounts to a reduction of approximately 20 per cent in resources spent on services to licence fee payers since the start of the decade; believes that given this situation the BBC cannot now afford to pay the £745 million it would cost to maintain free TV licences for the over-75s by 2021/22 without this having a significantly detrimental impact on the range and equality of services; agrees with the National Union of Journalists and the Federation of Entertainment Unions that the BBC should rule out subsiding television licences for the over-75s; and believes that the Government should provide the necessary funding for this concession from general taxation instead.
JOB LOSSES AND CUTS AT STV
That this House is seriously disappointed and concerned about plans by Scotland's leading commercial broadcaster to shed 59 jobs across the STV and STV2 channels, with the latter closing altogether; notes that the plans involve ending the flagship STV News Tonight, Scottish and international news programme, which will lead to a massive reduction in the breadth and depth of news coverage that viewers in Scotland currently enjoy; believes that the news comes as a devastating blow to the staff who work tirelessly to provide some of the best news and current affairs programmes in Scotland; supports the efforts of the National Union of Journalists to work with STV management to try to reduce the number of redundancies required; and calls for every effort to be made to avoid compulsory redundancies.
That this House is hugely disappointed and angered by the government's refusal to proceed with Phase 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into the relationships between media companies and the police; believes that this is bad for politics, bad for journalism and bad for the public; further believes there is a clear need for an inquiry into whether the botched initial investigation into telephone hacking by the Metropolitan Police was due to ineptitude or because of the cosy relationship between senior executives of both organisations, with high-ranking officers being rewarded with lucrative columns in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers; believes that we need an investigation into the mass amnesia and ignorance of newspaper executives demonstrated at the Leveson inquiry and at parliamentary committee hearings; and still considers there is overwhelming public interest in an inquiry into the extent of corporate governance and management failures at newspapers organisations and the role of politicians, public servants and others in any failure to investigate wrongdoing at News International.
EDM 828: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE US
That this House believes that journalist and black political rights activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been wrongly imprisoned and should be released from his decades-long incarceration in Pennsylvania; further believes there is widespread evidence of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, and that Abu-Jamal's incarceration has led to severe life-threatening illness; notes that the 1982 trial judge gloated in racist terms of his intent to sentence Mr Abu-Jamal to death; and believes that Mr Abu-Jamal is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.
That this House believes that the resignation of Carrie Gracie, the former China editor of the BBC, highlights the anger and frustration of many women journalists at the BBC that a swifter resolution has not been reached on the scourge of unequal pay at our public service broadcaster; notes that figures published in 2017 revealed that the BBC's two male international editors have been paid at least 50 per cent more than its two female counterparts; further notes that, of the list of those earning over £150,000, only a third were women and just 10 of the 96 were black or minority ethnic backgrounds; supports the National Union of Journalists in pursuing a collective grievance on behalf of 121 women who work across the BBC in a variety of roles and grades, plus a number of individual cases that were already in train; calls for urgent government action so pay equality is addressed across the media and broadcasting industries more generally; and that effective sanctions are imposed on employers who flout equal pay legislation.
EDM 53: NEWSQUEST - THE HERALD AND EVENING TIMES NEWSPAPERS
That this House is alarmed by recent actions by Newsquest, owner of The Herald and Evening Times newspapers; is concerned by the approach to five senior members of staff offering redundancy packages; notes that in the past few weeks, the editors of The Herald and Evening Times were told they would be demoted to deputy editor with substantial pay cuts; further notes that those editors were told they would operate in the same way as previously but under one editor for both titles; notes that both editors refused those offers and faced dismissal before intervention by the National Union of Journalists so that exit packages were negotiated; notes that a deputy sports editor has also left with an exit package; is concerned that there are serious doubts about the new structure and extreme workloads that will drive up stress and bullying; and believes these measures will affect the quality of both titles.
EDM 504: IMPORTANCE OF A FREE PRESS
That this House believes a free and independent press is vital to healthy political and public life; notes the contribution of Scottish newspapers to political and public life; welcomes the focus of papers, such as The Scotsman, on news from a Scottish perspective; and condemns the acquisition of [The Scotsman by Johnston Press] publisher and the publicity surrounding it [which will] undermine good journalism and promote personal agendas.
Amended: leave out “welcomes” to “agenda”, insert, “further notes that in July 2017 Johnston Press threatened to close 24 local newspapers across Scotland; notes at the same time there were around 12 vacancies in the three Scotsman titles creating a lot of stress and demands on journalists to work extra hours; notes that, following the National Union of Journalists intervention and negotiation, there were no closures; and one company started filling vacancies; and notes current dissatisfaction in the Johnston Press board, and real concerns in the direction of the company [is taking which is] affecting the quality of the titles”.
EDM 485: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
That this House welcomes the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists; commemorates the UN international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists on Thursday 2 November 2017; notes that the UN day of action was adopted in 2013 to mark the anniversary of the killing of two French reporters in Mali, and comes ahead of another important anniversary on 23 November, of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines when at least 32 journalists lost their lives in the single deadliest attack on the media; further notes that the priority areas of concern this year for the IFJ are Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine and Yemen; supports the aim to hold all governments accountable for their impunity; records and denounces crimes targeting journalists that remain unpunished; condemns the perpetrators who have killed the 55 journalists while carrying out their duties since the beginning of 2017; deplores that only one of every 10 killings in the media globally is investigated; and calls on the government to use its influence around the world to bring such impunity to an end.
EDM 481: CERTIFICATION OFFICER'S LEVY ON TRADE UNIONS
That this House is gravely concerned that the government's proposals for a Certification Officer's levy on trade unions would result in unions having fewer resources to represent their members, a reduced capacity to negotiate better jobs and working conditions for working people, and a diminished ability to take enforcement action against bad employers; does not believe that the functions delivered by the Certification Officer should be financed by the proposed levy, which is both unnecessary and out of proportion to the reality of the current system; notes that the current proposal effectively creates a flat-rate charge for all unions with an annual income of over £900,000, and does not account for the varying budgets and existing resources of those organisations; further notes that the proposed division of costs between the various types of organisations regulated by the Certification Office is unjust and greater clarity needs to be provided on the rise in costs, since the Certification Officer's income is set to more than treble; and therefore calls on the government to consider retaining the existing funding arrangements, or at least to ensure that any system of levies treats unions and employers equally, and ensure that all levied organisations are required to pay at a level that is broadly proportionate to their income.
Last parliamentary session ending June 2017 -
EDM 1109: LOCAL NEWS MATTERS
EDM 1002: PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS MAKING PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES
EDM 474: FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA IN TURKEY
EDM 431: RESTRUCTURING OF BBC MONITORING SERVICES
EDM 304: JOURNALISTS AT BBC PARLIAMENT CHANNEL
EDM 150: TRINITY MIRROR AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
EDM: 128: FUTURE OF THE BBC NEWS CHANNEL
EDM 7: RELOCATION OF THE BLACK COUNTRY BUGLE
Last parliamentary session ending May 2016 -
EDM1310: JOB LOSSES AT GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS
EDM 1187: CLOSURE OF THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER'S PRINT TITLES
EDM 1039: FINANCIAL TIMES PENSION SCHEME
EDM 1017: JOB LOSSES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS
EDM 954: NEWSQUEST TITLES IN GLASGOW
EDM 930: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
EDM 821: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN TURKEY
EDM 630: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES TARGETING JOURNALISTS
EDM 421: JOB LOSSES AND BUSINESS STRATEGY AT MEDIA WALES
EDM 263: SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS AND THEIR MEMBERS
EDM 179: LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN SOUTH LONDON
EDM 93: TRINITY MIRROR JOB LOSSES
EDM 903: YEMEN AND THE KILLING OF JOURNALIST ABDULKARIM AL-KHAIWANI
EDM 902: CARMEN ARISTEGUI AND JOURNALISM IN MEXICO
EDM 899: COVERT SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS
EDM 854: STATE OF MEDIA FREEDOM IN TURKEY
EDM 670: DEFENCE OF JOURNALISTS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
EDM 352: SAFEGUARDING JOURNALISTS AND THEIR SOURCES
EDM 203 DIVERSITY IN THE MEDIA
EDM 170: IMPRISONMENT OF JOURNALISTS IN EGYPT
EDM 1307: PRIVATE COPYING COPYRIGHT EXCEPTION
EDM 1273: MEDIA PLURALISM
EDM 1160: FUTURE OF BBC THREE
EDM 1088: NEWSQUEST NEWSPAPERS AND LOCAL JOURNALISM
EDM 1021: TERRORISM ACT AND PRESS FREEDOM
EDM 956: AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS IN DETENTION IN EGYPT
EDM 909: THREATS TO ANABEL HERNÁNDEZ
EDM 886: LIVERPOOL POST NEWSPAPER
EDM 844: BANNING OF JOURNALISTS FROM FOOTBALL GROUNDS
EDM 795: DEFENCE OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE PROSECUTION OF JOURNALISTS
EDM 739: FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS
EDM 520: TRANSPARENCY OF LOBBYING, NON-PARTY CAMPAIGNING AND TRADE UNION ADMINISTRATION BILL
EDM 309: ATTACKS ON MEDIA FREEDOMS IN TURKEY
EDM 234: CLOSURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER IN GREECE
EDM 211: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM
EDM 194: INCOME INEQUALITY
EDM 191: IMPORTANCE OF ARTS AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
EDM 183: THREAT OF CLOSURE TO NORTHERN MUSEUMS
EDM 138: DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT FUNDING OF S4C
EDM 126: RESPECT AT WORK IN THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
EDM 80: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
EDM 67: VICTIMISATION OF TRADES UNION REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOME DEPARTMENT
EDM 42: HILLSBOROUGH, ANNE WILLIAMS AND JUSTICE